A Bit Il­lu­sion­ary

Though it is a huge tech­no­log­i­cal leap to get 3D ex­pe­ri­ence on a mo­bile phone, and that too with the naked eye, the LG Op­ti­mus 3D falls short of ex­pec­ta­tions on the qual­ity and smooth­ness of the ex­pe­ri­ence

Voice&Data - - HANDSET REVIEW - Gyana Ran­jan Swain

The mo­ment we think about a 3D movie ex­pe­ri­ence these days, the first real in­stance that comes to our mind is the Jijo Pun­noose di­rected Hindi movie Ch­hota Chetan way back in 1998 when we used a pair of spe­cial­ized gog­gles to get the real feel of 3D con­tent on a sil­ver screen. Things have changed a lot since then, the dis­play medium has shrunk from the 77 mm sil­ver screen to 5-inch mo­bile phone. And mind it, you don’t even have to put on a pair of 3D gog­gles to watch the con­tent on the mo­bile phone. Though it is a huge tech­no­log­i­cal leap to get 3D ex­pe­ri­ence on a mo­bile phone and that too with the naked eye, the qual­ity and smooth­ness of the ex­pe­ri­ence would be a mat­ter of de­lib­er­a­tion.

Re­cently, Korean elec­tron­ics ma­jor LG brought In­dia a mo­bile phone that of­fers 3D view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and yes, with­out a gog­gle. The LG Op­ti­mus 3D is the sec­ond de­vice af­ter HTC EVO 3D.

Hard­ware and Styling

At first glance, the de­vice has a candy bar form fac­tor and is re­ally big, al­most as big as your hand. The screen is fairly large at 4.3-inches and cov­ers most of the front. Be­low the screen rest are 4 touch sen­si­tive but­tons. On the left of the de­vice we have the mi­cro USB port and the HDMI out port. The top has the 3.5-mm head­phones jack and the power/lock screen but­ton. The right houses the vol­ume rocker and the cam­era shut­ter but­ton.

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In­ter­face

The first thing that will dis­ap­point you is that it runs on Android 2.2 and not 2.3. The de­vice will be upgrad­able to 2.3. Like all Android de­vices, the LG Op­ti­mus 3D is heav­ily skinned. The 3D in­ter­face on the other hand is a dif­fer­ent ball game all to­gether. All the 3D con­tent can be ac­cessed from the ‘3D space’ app. This app gives you ac­cess to 3D games, the 3D cam­era, 3D Gallery, Youtube 3D, and the 3D Guide.

The 3D in­ter­face of the de­vice is re­ally good and adds to the feel­ing of depth per­cep­tion but at the same time also feels gim­micky. A good ad­di­tion to the de­vice is that you can not only view 3D con­tent on it but also stream it to your 3D en­abled TV via HDMI or DLNA.

The de­vice comes pre­loaded with 4 3D games that give you the abil­ity to con­trol the level of 3D via a tog­gle. But nat­u­rally while play­ing, you are bound to move the de­vice quite a bit jar­ring the 3D im­age and screen and in­evitably end­ing up giv­ing you—you guessed it, a headache.

The on-board cam­era on the de­vice does what it does well. But in 2D mode, a 5 MP cam­era on such an ex­pen­sive de­vice seems a bit of a let­down es­pe­cially since smart­phones in the same price bracket of­fer you an 8 MP shooter. The im­ages pro­duced in 2D are crisp, clear and even vi­brant if the light­ing con­di­tions are good. But if you de­cide to rely on the on-board flash, you will end up with av­er­age pho­tos.

gyanas@cy­ber­me­dia.co.in

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